Inspiring our customers to create sustainable homes
At OKA, we are committed to achieving a better and more sustainable future for all. We are passionate about creating responsible and ethically sourced products that will provide a positive change throughout the communities we operate in.
Across our organisation, we are monitoring the areas where improvement is needed and taking steps to meet our responsibilities – from reducing our carbon footprint to safeguarding the wellbeing of all our employees.
We recognise, of course, that lasting change does not happen overnight. This is just the beginning of our journey. With this in mind, we have established a long-term Sustainability Strategy based on three pillars:
- Creating through innovation and craftsmanship
- Enhancing all lives
- Designing for a better planet
The OKA Promise
Our vision is to work with global craftsmen and women to create unique and timeless pieces that are designed to inspire practical living and effortless entertaining while respecting our planet, our people and the next generations.
A Message from our CEO
As we grow and expand, incorporating sustainability into everything we do becomes increasingly important. That is why in 2020 we set some ambitious goals, which are outlined in our first ever Sustainability Report.
We believe that tackling climate change should be a joint effort and OKA is committed to playing its part. In 2019 we combined our three offices Oxfordshire into one more efficient site, which will significantly decrease our energy consumption. Now we aim to go beyond our own direct operations and create a low-carbon supply chain in collaboration with our suppliers and partners by prioritising reducing our greenhouse emissions.
Plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental issues of our time. This is why making our packaging (including plastics) recyclable is a priority topic for us. Additionally, we want to support the transition to a circular economy. We aim to develop a long-term product circularity strategy by 2022 that progressively adopts the key principles such as reducing materials used in our products, increasing recycling rates and transitioning to circular business models.
At the core of our Sustainability Strategy is our commitment to our customers. We recognise how important sustainability is to our customers, we are committed to increasing our transparency efforts and demonstrating how we’re transforming into a sustainable and responsible business in our workplace and in the communities we are operating in.
Meanwhile, internally we are actively working on our Diversity & Inclusion Strategy – which establishes clear actions and targets for gender and ethnic diversity.
We believe that our Sustainability Strategy will help us to improve our social and environmental footprint while strengthening our brand and fuelling our business growth. I would like to thank our employees, customers, suppliers, partners and investors for their ongoing trust and cooperation, we are very excited by the prospect of working with them in the future as we transition into a sustainable business.
Chief Executive Officer
The Three Pillars of OKA’s Sustainability Strategy
Founded by three close friends, OKA is a business built on community. We are more aware than ever before that life’s ‘simple’ pleasures – such as sharing a good meal with family and loved ones – should never be taken for granted, so to mark our 21st birthday in 2020, we launched two long-term charitable partnerships; with the Trussell Trust in the UK, and with Feeding America in the US.
Supporting two thirds of the food banks in the UK, the Trussell Trust’s commitment to putting food on the table for people locked in poverty is a cause that resonates with OKA’s core values. We plan to provide long-term support for everything the Trussell Trust does in campaigning for structural change to end the need for food banks in the UK.
Another cause close to our hearts and aligned with our spirit of family values is Feeding America, the largest hunger-relief organisation in the United States. Through a long-term partnership, we aim to support Feeding America with all the work it does via its network of 200 food banks, 60,000 food pantries and meal programs. Feeding America provides meals to more than 40 million people each year, supports programs that prevent food waste and improves food security among the people it serves; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry.